Drum Roll Please…
July 13, 2011
BT Nation, get excited, because earlier this week, Building Tomorrow officially joined forces with an awesome organization called One Dayâ€™s Wages. Through this partnership we will build another BT academy in Uganda and provide 325 more students with a primary education each year.
One Dayâ€™s Wages is an organization with a truly inspirational mission that stems from the selfless example of their founder. In October of 2009, Eugene Cho and his family made the life-changing decision to donate their entire yearâ€™s salary to charity. The Cho family wanted make a difference as individuals, but also wanted to inspire others to respond to the needs surrounding them. They believe that if everyone works one day out of the year for a cause greater than themselves – giving that dayâ€™s salary to abolish extreme poverty – the effect can be immense. With that mindset, they have gained a strong support-base as a grassroots movement dedicated to ending global poverty. In their largest matching grant to date, One Dayâ€™s Wages has committed to work with their network and our BTers to raise $30,000 towards our cause. They will then match that amount, funding the construction of an entire primary academy with $60,000.
One thing we love about One Dayâ€™ Wages is their philosophy that â€œwe donâ€™t have to be rock stars, billionaires, or famous. We can all make an impact.â€ As BTers, we know this is true, because many of us are just college kids riding bikes, Key Clubbers selling bricks, and elementary school students raising awareness by going a day without school supplies. Through our actions weâ€™ve proven that all those little things compounded can make an incredible difference. Itâ€™s not about who can give the most individually, but about how we can encourage a group of people to donate their time, talent and resources – whatever they can – to a cause. Itâ€™s about students for students, and working together with our peers around the world to inspire hope and make a change.
While One Day’s Wages recognizes the power of a working person giving up their salary for a day, Building Tomorrow hopes to inspire young people to consider what they can donate. For that reason, we would like to encourage you to make a donation equal to the cost of a single day at school. Every donation counts, and will take us one step closer to ensuring that one day every child in our world will have a safe, accessible school to attend and a tomorrow they can depend on.
Like our student fundraisers, 100% of donations through One Dayâ€™s Wages go directly towards the construction of a new BT Academy in Uganda. From the day that school opens, it will give 325 real children the chance to learn in a classroom and will benefit a community for generations to come.